I love real fires. Every home I’ve ever lived in has had them – until now. We’ve got several original fireplaces in this house, but none of them are in working order… and since we’re always talking about moving in the next few years, it seems foolish to spend money on renovation work.
What I’d really like is a wood burner – but the costs are even more prohibitive. Chimney liners, installation work, the stove itself… you’re spending at least £2,000 before you can strike a match.
So how can you bring a sad and empty fireplace back to life without it costing the earth? Just before Christmas I decided to order this Dimplex electric wood burner.
We carefully removed the old grate and stored it away, and were pleased to find that our measurements were correct – the new stove sits nicely on the old hearth. The black cable sits discreetly behind our fender, and I’ve arranged a wooden crate to hide the place where it disappears into the cupboard. You’d hardly know it was there.
There are two parts to the stove – a fan heater on the bottom and a flame generator on top. It’s very realistic. So much so that my children still can’t quite believe it’s not real. You can hear the fan when the heater’s running, but you can also use it on a flame only setting which is almost silent. We never need to have the heater on for long; it warms the room up very quickly.
And that’s it really. Warmth and a roaring fire at the click of switch. It’d be perfect for a rental property where you can’t make major changes. I still yearn for a real one, but this will do nicely for now.
This Brayford Stove costs £159 and is available from John Lewis here, and many other retailers. This is not a sponsored post!